How do you qualify?
-The top two teams in the Region automatically advance.
-If a team takes lower than 2nd place, but earns 18 or more points at the tournament, they go(This is what we will be attempting to do on Thursday).
-If the 1st singles player makes it to the finals of their flight, they may qualify as an individual.
The 12 Teams in our Region:
Caledonia, East Kentwood, Grand Haven, Grand Rapids Union, Grandville, Holland, Hudsvonville, Kalamazoo Central, Loy Norrix, Mona Shores, Rockford
So how do you earn points?
-The top 4 teams at each flight get seeds. If you are a seed and you win your first match, you get 2 points. This puts you in the semifinals of your flight.
-If you win your next match to get into the finals, that gets you a third point.
-If you win your flight, you get a fourth point.
-Flights that do not get one of the 4 seeds will play a 1st round match worth one point, and every round thereafter will also be worth one point.
-This is a single elimination tournament.
How do you get seeded?
-The Tuesday before Regionals each coach attends a meeting, where we bring our players records for the entire year.
-Any coach may nominate any flights for a seed.
-We look at the results of all of the nominated players, and the top 4 teams will earn the seeds at that flight.
-To get seeded above teams not in the OK-Red, we must show that we have dominant wins. This is why we schedule tough opponents all year long...wins against them help us earn seeds.
Where do we stand?
If we performed like we did at the West Ottawa Invite, we'd have scored about 10 points at the Regional. However, we have been improving far faster than our competition. Based on our performance at the Conference Tournament on Saturday, we would have taken 14 or 15 points if it were scored using a Regional scoring system. I believe we are still about 3 or 4 points short, but we are within reach. The bottom line is that we can qualify for the State Finals, but we will need to rock on Thursday.
FOR AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT A REGIONAL TOURNAMENT LOOKS LIKE, GO TO "WOMENS 2013 RESULTS" AND CLICK ON OUR REGIONAL RESULTS.